Chris Hicks

Chris Hicks

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Deseret News, Salt Lake City , Total Film
Total Reviews:
875

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
91% Kids for Cash (2014) " The film is imperfect in its structure, but director Robert May never sensationalizes what is horrifying enough in its straightforward telling." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Jun 9, 2014
50% Some Girls (Sisters) (1988) " There are some sweet moments and several very funny scenes, mostly of the door-slamming, mistaken identity variety." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Dec 17, 2012
82% The Closer: Season 7 (TV, 2011-2012) " Although a little too comic for some tastes the past couple of seasons, it is still watchable drama with a great cast. " — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Aug 13, 2012
80% Nothing But the Truth (2008) " Alda's performance is a real stand-out, but all the actors are in fine form, to include Angela Basset, Noah Wyle and David Schwimmer." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted May 5, 2009
2/5 62% Valkyrie (2008) " There's a whiff of pointlessness hanging over this whole affair. The fact that Valkyrie is not the thriller the trailer promises is treason against the talent." — Total Film
Posted Jan 23, 2009
3/5 86% Better Things (2008) " Gritty yet incongruously gorgeous - and glacier-paced - this ambitious first feature from Midlands miserablist Duane Hopkins proves that crikey, the British can do Bruno Dumont-style poetic realism after all." — Total Film
Posted Jan 23, 2009
5/5 98% The Wrestler (2008) " Aronofsky's most authentic film refuses to ridicule the amateur wrestling circuit, while Rourke's portrait of a has-been will surely be the comeback of the year." — Total Film
Posted Jan 16, 2009
3/5 27% Clubbed (2008) " Though predictable, the attention to period detail makes this a Brit-flick rather like its hero - an intelligent little scrapper." — Total Film
Posted Jan 16, 2009
3/5 100% Boogie (Summer Holiday) (2008) " It may not scale the heights of the best recent Romanian films (4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, The Death Of Mr Lazarescu) but Boogie is still a bittersweet character study." — Total Film
Posted Jan 16, 2009
3/5 41% Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) " A state-of-the-art kid-pleaser for sure, but recession-weary parents will probably find it a mite obnoxious." — Total Film
Posted Jan 16, 2009
2/5 57% Defiance (2009) " "Jews don't fight!" mutters a Red Army soldier. "These Jews do!" says another admiringly. Great pitch, largely undone by stilted, solemn direction." — Total Film
Posted Jan 9, 2009
4/5 61% The Reader (2008) " Pleasingly adult material powered by elegant, muscular performances. A strong adaptation of a slippery novel." — Total Film
Posted Jan 5, 2009
4/5 66% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) " Committed and commanding, slow but stealthy, political and powerful: details are omitted, but Che still sees Soderbergh flexing fierce focus and control, while Del Toro leads with tact and muscle. The full four-hour flick grips; two hours'll fly by, easy." — Total Film
Posted Jan 5, 2009
3/5 86% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008) " A straight-line journey through the good doctor's loopy myth and madness, but one that doesn't push far enough into uncharted territory. Fine as a primer, but Gibney leans more towards admiration than examination." — Total Film
Posted Dec 19, 2008
3/5 76% White Christmas (1954) " This was the Mamma Mia! of its day, a nostalgic blast of popular Irving Berlin showtunes gift-wrapped in new-fangled VistaVision that danced its way to the top of the 1954 box office." — Total Film
Posted Dec 12, 2008
4/5 93% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) " Powerful performances from March and Hopkins and richly atmospheric cinematography help make for a memorable journey down Stevenson's "strange and terrible road."" — Total Film
Posted Dec 12, 2008
3/5 21% The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) " Cranking the action dial up to 11, Derrickson retools an iconic piece of sci-fi with lots of big guns but extra smarts would have been welcome. It's bang up to date but a tad underwhelming. Not the disaster some fanboys predicted." — Total Film
Posted Dec 12, 2008
2/5 65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) " Put simply, it's all lube and no spunk." — Total Film
Posted Nov 14, 2008
2/5 16% Max Payne (2008) " The occasional muzzle-flare of stylish violence, but that's it. Dull, depressing and dragging its knuckles at 100 minutes, Max Payne misfires and Wahlberg's leading-man jinx continues." — Total Film
Posted Nov 14, 2008
4/5 93% Of Time and the City (2009) " And all for 250,000. Now will someone please fund the man to direct another feature?" — Total Film
Posted Oct 30, 2008
3/5 75% Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009) " Quiet Chaos feels thin and, especially towards the end, increasingly implausible. All the same, Moretti's simpatico screen persona just about carries it." — Total Film
Posted Oct 24, 2008
3/5 23% Incendiary (2009) " By then, Incendiary has become a tear-stained monologue about bereavement and resilience - it goes off with a bang, but ends with a whimper." — Total Film
Posted Oct 24, 2008
3/5 85% Ghost Town (2008) " This is a schmaltzy romcom directed by blockbuster screenwriter David Koepp and held together by Ricky Gervais - an actor best known for cringy dancing arse boss David Brent." — Total Film
Posted Oct 24, 2008
1/5 40% Guta-yubalja-deul (A Bloody Aria) (2006) " Sore disappointment is in store for anyone expecting Won Shin-yun's revenge/psycho thriller to emerge as the new Oldboy." — Total Film
Posted Oct 24, 2008
1.5/4 29% Made in America (1993) " This first-time screenplay by Holly Goldberg Sloan feels more like an outline, and director Richard Benjamin doesn't seem to know quite what to do with it." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/4 92% The Little Mermaid (1989) " This is unquestionably the best animated film in many years and is therefore highly recommended." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 88% Young@Heart (2007) " If this film were any more heartwarming, your chest would melt." — Total Film
Posted Oct 17, 2008
4/5 79% La Zona (2007) " Director Rodrigo Plá pulls off a biting critique of middle-classes living in smug seclusion, but doesn't compromise on tension as the suburbanites' morals spiral out of control." — Total Film
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2/5 56% Afro Saxons " It's a warm-spirited, well-intentioned movie, yet offers a repetitive, visually humdrum and ultimately superficial portrait of its chosen milieu that seems much better suited to the small screen." — Total Film
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3/5 41% The House Bunny (2008) " Fish-out-of-water formulaics are lifted by a starlet on the up. The story is pure bubblegum, but surrender to the silliness and you'll be endeared. A must for anyone who's been hanging on for Legally Blonde 3." — Total Film
Posted Oct 10, 2008
4/5 76% Gunnin' for That #1 Spot (2008) " OK, so it's not quite as searching as Hoop Dreams, but it's hugely enjoyable all the same and boasts - as you'd expect - a terrific soundtrack." — Total Film
Posted Oct 10, 2008
3/5 60% Bigga than Ben (2008) " It tails off into a confusing ending, but Bigga Than Ben is still honest, funny and provocative enough to wind up Daily Mail and Guardian readers alike." — Total Film
Posted Oct 10, 2008
—— Brothers & Sisters: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2008) " More ensemble soap opera shenanigans in the life of a large family with matriarch Sally Field at its head. " — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Oct 1, 2008
3.5/4 94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) " A suspenseful, well-acted thriller, though there are certainly some disturbing elements to it. The very R-rated language alone may be enough to turn off some viewers." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2/4 39% Feast of Love (2007) " For a film that tries to be a smarter, more cerebral, romantic comedy-drama, Feast of Love sure does a lot of dumb things." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Sep 27, 2007
1.5/4 19% Rude Awakening (1989) " The result is a movie with only a few amusing gags -- all emanating from Marin's spaced-out character -- while the rest of the film is at best bland and at worst obnoxious." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted May 9, 2006
2.5/4 73% Intervista (1984) " Federico Fellini's latest work is an oddly unaffecting look at moviemaking and the director's own youth, a sort of 8 1/2 meets Amarcord but without the resonance of either." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Nov 6, 2003
73% Ricochet (1991) " Every now and then a movie comes along that is so preposterous, so devoid of any reality or logic, you have to wonder how it got made." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Nov 6, 2003
1.5/4 77% Friday (1995) " Cube's charm and Tucker's frantic antics can carry the movie only so far before the wall-to-wall profanity, constant vulgar humor and male chauvinist ogling wear out their welcome." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Nov 6, 2003
3/4 12% Speechless (1994) " This is intelligent romantic comedy of the kind we get all too seldom these days, and the plot is something Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn would have loved in their prime." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Nov 6, 2003
2.5/4 88% DuckTales: The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990) " I was pleasantly surprised at how clever and funny the film is." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Aug 6, 2003
1.5/4 71% Alas for Me (Helas pour moi) (2003) " The later avant-garde works of renowned French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard are definitely an acquired taste, which I have yet to acquire." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Jul 31, 2003
1.5/4 14% How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired (Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer) (1990) " A very soft sex farce that is neither as raunchy as many R-rated comedies nor as funny as it would like to be." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted May 21, 2003
2/4 98% sex, lies, and videotape (1989) " I was somewhat let down by the film as a whole, which seems to feign more than it actually achieves." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Dec 23, 2002
1.5/4 9% Double Dragon (1994) " Double Dragon pales in comparison to the game itself." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Oct 22, 2002
4/4 90% Pandora's Box (1929) " It's a stunning film, no question, with sexuality that is quite frank for its day, effective atmosphere and, of course, Brooks' stunning performance." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Oct 13, 2002
1.5/4 88% Internal Affairs (1990) " Internal Affairs is all stylish visuals and no substance whatsoever. That may be an attempt to hide the silliness of Henry Bean's first-time screenplay, but it doesn't work." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Sep 26, 2002
3/4 96% House Party (1990) " What is most appealing about House Party, and what sets it apart from many movies in the same genre, is that there is an energy and exuberance, a joy of living being celebrated here that is absolutely infectious." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Sep 26, 2002
5% Cocktail (1988) " Suffice it to say that the last hour or so of Cocktail uses enough dumb overused story plots to keep Days of Our Lives in daytime soap episodes for a couple of weeks." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Jun 18, 2002
92% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) " Sommers would have done better if he had spent more time on character development (including some of the animal characters) and less on turning Mowgli into Indiana Jones. In some ways, this is as cartoony as the '67 version." — Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Posted Mar 15, 2002
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